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GSU wraps camp at Paulson

Meet the Eagles moved to Hanner
    "Meet the Eagles" has been moved indoors due to impending weather. The event is still scheduled for 9:45 a.m., but will now take place in Hanner Fieldhouse's Old Gym.
Members of the Georgia Southern football, volleyball, men’s soccer and women’s soccer teams will still sign autographs for approximately an hour.
    Saturday's scrimmage will start at 11 a.m., at Paulson Stadium.

    Fall camp comes to an end today for the Georgia Southern Eagles with a scrimmage at Paulson Stadium at 11 a.m.
    It’s the last chance for the coaches to evaluate the team before the scout team splits away.
    “We’re not going to keep score or anything like that. We just want to get our guys some good reps with the ones and twos, and a little with the threes and below, and kind of get our final evaluation coming out of camp,” GSU coach Jeff Monken said. “We’ll start the scrimmage the same way we did last time, with a kickoff, and at some appropriate times, we’ll have punt-return teams go out there, extra-point and field-goal teams, we want to get work in all those areas.”
    The Eagles will play out drives and work on game-like situations.
    It’s a busy weekend for the Eagles, who had a day off of practice Friday but helped incoming GSU students with Operation Move-In on campus.
T    oday, they’ll sign autographs at “Meet the Eagles,” before the scrimmage, and then they’ll be released to get ready for the first day of classes on Monday —almost.
    “We’re not officially breaking camp until after dinner on Saturday night,” Monken said.
    The Eagles will stay off the practice field Sunday and Monday, but will still be expected to check in.
    “We’ll have the guys come by and check in with us, and we’ll make sure school’s going OK, and Tuesday, we’ll start practice again. We’ll give them Sunday and Monday off,” Monken said.
    All of GSU’s fall sports programs — football, men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball — will be at “Meet the Eagles,” which was moved inside the Old Gym at Hanner Fieldhouse due to the threat of weather.
    The event, along with the scrimmage, is open to the public.
    “I think it means a lot to those guys to have fans come by and ask for their autograph,” Monken said. “We have a lot of guys on our team who get asked for their autograph all the time. We’ve got other guys who get asked for an autograph once a year. It’s a thrill for those guys, and it’s going to be especially fun for the true freshmen. They get to sign autographs for the first time, and it makes them feel like they’re big time.”

    Matt Yogus may be reached at (912) 489-9408.